Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that is has been a “shame” that Jason Cummings has struggled to get regular games on loan at Rangers – and delivered the damning verdict that it is going to be “difficult” for him to force his way into the side at the City Ground.
The Scotland international joined the Gers on loan in January and scored six times in 18 appearances for the Light Blues but could not force his way into a regular starting spot.
Karanka revealed he wanted to see the “progress” the likes of Cummings made out on loan and admitted that if they could not get games out on loan it will be even more difficult once they return.
“It has been a shame, because they have not really played. The young players like Walker, Clough and Cummings were on loan to play; to check them and what they could offer,” Karanka said, as quoted by The Herald.
“We wanted them to report back for pre-season and show us the progress they had made. But they did not play regularly, so we need to think about them. They are young, they are talented.
“But they need to play. If they were unable to play at Bolton or at Rangers, imagine how difficult it is going to be for them to play here.”
Football Insider verdict:
Karanka might be trying to get a reaction out of his players but his comments about it being much harder to be a success at Nottingham Forest than it is at Rangers are just rubbish. Is the sheer weight of expectation on players at Forest unlike that at clubs the length and breadth of the country and is the scrutiny players come under in Nottingham like no other? Do fans around the world stop what they are doing when the world-famous Nottingham derby is broadcast to a global audience with 50,000 or 60,000 fans in attendance? No. As for Cummings, he did not do enough during his loan spell to merit a regular starting place and – with Alfredo Morelos scoring regularly – there were limited opportunities for the Forest loanee to force his way into the side. The Gers still have an option to make the striker’s move permanent but it looks less than likely that the 22-year-old will be a Rangers player next season unless he is prepared to be a squad player and back-up to the Light Blues’ main striker.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.